Rangers midfielder Bongani Zungu insists the Premiership title race isn’t over and has vowed to “play for the badge” in pursuit of major silverware [Glasgow Times].

Zungu made his first Old Firm appearance on Saturday as a late substitute in the 1-0 win over Celtic at Ibrox.

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Rangers loan midfielder Bongani Zungu made his Old Firm debut at the weekend. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The victory extended the Gers’ lead at the top of the table to a massive 19 points, giving them a double-digit advantage even if the Hoops were to win their three games in hand.

Saturday’s win was enough for former Celtic players turned pundits Chris Sutton and Andy Walker to concede the title, but Zungu insists the Rangers camp are thinking very differently.

“This is not over,” he said [Glasgow Times]. “There is a lot of work still to be done and a lot of games still to be played. From that point of view, we need to keep our feet on the ground and focus immediately on the next game.”

“We have told ourselves already that we need to start the New Year as if the league has just started. In our minds, we are back to zero points and we go again. Everyone is hungry, everyone wants to play and everyone wants success.

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“We have players who can contribute. We know we need to play for the badge, we know we need to represent the club and the supporters.”

Given how badly Rangers have fallen away following the winter break in the past two campaigns, Zungu’s comments on the group’s mentality will be encouraging for fans.

Many will likely also be delighted by his talk of playing for the badge, despite currently only being on loan at Ibrox from Amiens.

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Zungu in Europa League action for Rangers against Lech Poznan. (Photo by PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

The French club reportedly value the 28-year-old at around €4.5m (£4m) [Le 11 Amienois] and he signed a contract extension there prior to moving to Glasgow [The Athletic], but the Gers have an option to buy included in their loan deal which can be triggered in the summer.

Zungu has made 11 appearances for Rangers to date but has only made the starting XI on three occasions.

Meanwhile, a fellow summer Ibrox arrival has been praised by supporters for his impressive interview following Saturday’s Old Firm triumph.

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